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UNDP, Delta Set July Timeline For Pact On Climate Change

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Delta State Government have set a July timeline to sign a pact on measures aimed at combating and mitigating the effect of climate change in the state.

This was part of the outcome of a two-day technical session officials of the UNDP team on Territorial Approach on Climate Change (TACC) and top government officials of the state had together in Asaba.

UNDP team leader from Geneva, Christophe Nuttal, briefing the Delta State Deputy Governor, Professor Amos Utuama (SAN), after the session, observed that the body was pleased that the administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan was steps ahead of other governments in Africa in the crusade and measures on Climate Change.

A member of the UNDP team from South Africa, Dr. Akiko Yamamoto, informed that the body and the state government have set a July timeline for the signing of a final agreement on measures to address climate change.

Yamamoto explained that under the arrangement, a consultant would come to the state in May to interact with stakeholders and look into documents prepared by the Delta State Government.

“Then in June we will have first draft project document ready for review. We hope by ending of June we have a final document ready for appraisal. Our target is by end of July we have project document signed by Delta State Government, by the Federal Government and the UNDP,” she added.

Utuama, who stood in for the governor, on his part, said “We want to win the battle against the adverse effect of climate change…Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan’s leadership in the issues of climate change will not only be at the conception stage. It will be carried further to the implementation stage and even much further to the monitoring stage and step further to the conclusion stage.

In all of these, we will partner with you and others wherever it becomes necessary to do so. For us in Delta we are very certain…and will be on top of climate change in Delta State.”

Head of Climate Change Unit in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Victor Fodake on his part, acknowledged that the Delta State Government was taking the lead in the fight against the adverse effect of climate change and expressed the readiness of the Federal Government to collaborate with the state.

The Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Bello Orubebe also noted, “as a ministry we have attempted to frame the climate change. We’ve looked at mediation and we’ve also looked at adoption.

“We are the first in sub-Saharan Africa to develop a programme on climate change. We have submitted this to the stakeholders’ forum in February…We have embarked on consultations and we have been dealing with communities.”

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UNIBEN to award degrees for Federal College of Education (Tech), Asaba

*** As College plans Open University education

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Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba has embarked on the processes of affiliating the College to the University of Benin for its Degree programmes and the full commencement of the National Open University education in the College.

Provost of the College, Dr. Gabriel Iloh disclosed this during the matriculation ceremony for 1,424 students in National Certificate in Education (NCE), Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PDE) and Part-time programme for 2009/2010 academic session in Asaba, Delta state capital.

The Provost said the numerous achievements in the College were made possible by the peace and harmonious relationship between staff and management on one hand and among staff, students and unions on the other hand.

The College, according to Dr. Iloh, has produced about 20,000 technical/vocational graduates with NCE certificates, adding that the more academic achievements would be recorded when the affiliation processes with the University of Benin for Degree programmes is completed.

He therefore advised the new students to remain focused and should not attempt to compromise the rules and regulations of the College. “The College does not brook any form of indiscipline, under any guise and name. Please be warned!”

Meanwhile, the Director of Academic Planning and elected member of the College’s Governing Council, Dr. Ignatious Ezoem attributed the successes recorded so far by the College to exemplary leadership potentials of the College’s administrators.

Dr. Ezoem harped on the need for a sustainable commitment from the College’s authority by providing their personal potentials which, according to him, would in turn demand favourable compliance by the students.

“To manage an institution like this College, one requires a participant proficiency to take part in what followers do and be part of the instrument to accomplish the instruction given out. We take pedagogic attainment with aptitude seriously and that is why, by God’s grace there is a cross mutation of peaceful co-existence in this College”, he said.

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‘Zoning, Hard-Work Responsible For APC’s C/River Victory’

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National Women’s Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Betta Edu, has congratulated Sen. Bassey Otu and Mr Peter Odey, who were elected Governor and Deputy Governor, respectively in Cross River State.
Edu, who spoke in a telephone interview with The Tide’s source on Monday in Calabar, said the governorship zoning system practiced in the state and hard work were largely responsible for APC’s victory.
Edu, who was reacting to the announcement of Sen. Otu of APC as Governor-elect, told the source that the governorship position in the state is been zoned across the three senatorial districts since 1999.
According to her, the Southern Senatorial District produced Mr Donald Duke, who was Governor from 1999 to 2007, while the Central Senatorial District produced Sen. Liyel Imoke, who was Governor from 2007 to 2015.
She also explained that the North also produced the incumbent Governor, Ben Ayade, who took over power in 2015 and is serving his second term in office which will end on May 29.
She said for fairness, equity and justice, it was natural to zone the position back to the south, which the APC did.
“First, we give God the glory and this is an endorsement of APC’s hard work in Cross River, courtesy of Governor Ayade.
“APC in Cross River was rational enough to zone its governorship position back to the south after 16 years.
“Beyond this, APC was very careful in choosing a very formidable candidate, one who is the man of people, very experienced and accessible, smart and with a listening ear.
“We are confident that he will continue with the very good track record of Gov. Ayade. He will increase focus on health, education, agriculture and other sectors.
“We are happy that he defeated other candidates in the state because he was indeed the peoples candidate,” she said.
Edu expressed hope that the Governor-elect would continue with the industrialisation drive of Governor Ayade with a view to promoting the state revenue coffers.
She called on all others who contested and failed to join hands with the governor-elect and build Cross River State for good.
She gave assurance that the governor-elect would work with the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, in attracting development to the state.
The state Returning Officer for INEC, Prof. Teddy Adies, of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, had earlier announced Sen. Otu as the winner of the March 18 polls.
Adies said that the APC candidate polled 258,619 votes to emerge winner, while his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Sandy Onor, polled 179,636 votes.

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Accept Defeat, PDP Tells Omo-Agege

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta Chapter, has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, to accept the outcome of the governorship election in the state.
The party also urged Omo-Agege to extend the olive branch by congratulating the PDP candidate, Sheriff Oborevwori, who was already coasting home to victory following the Saturday, March 18 governorship poll in the state.
This is contained in a statement on Monday in Asaba, by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu.
Aniagwu noted that contrary to the wrongful assertion by the APC, the state governorship and House of Assembly elections followed due process and was conducted in consonance with relevant laws especially the Electoral Act 2022 as amended.
He also noted that the results duly collated from the various units, wards and local government areas had so far been adjudged as free, fair, credible and transparent, adding that winners have been emerging across the state constituencies.
“It is, however, disturbing that the APC that unleashed terror on innocent voters in Ughelli North Local Government Area (LGA) and parts of Ethiope West LGA could turn around to point accusing fingers at others.
“So far, 24 LGAs have been duly collated and the PDP won in 20 LGAs, while the APC won in four LGAs with just only one LGA result to go out of the 25 LGA of the state.
“The APC, having won six state constituencies cannot turn around to describe the election as non-complying with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended”, he said.
The Commissioner, while thanking the people of the state for their unalloyed support and solidarity with the PDP, said, “we promised to continue delivering on the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa mandate till the last day of this administration.
“We, therefore, call on the APC governorship candidate and Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege to do the needful expected of democrats.
“He (Omo-Agege) should call on his brother, the PDP governorship candidate, Sheriff Oborevwori to congratulate him on his well deserved victory at the polls”.

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APC’s Sen. Otu Wins C’River Governorship

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Sen. Bassey Otu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the governorship election in Cross River State after winning in 15 out of the 18 Local Government Areas in the state.
Announcing the result on Monday at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Collation Centre in Calabar, the Returning Officer, Prof. Teddy Adies, said APC polled 258,619 votes.
He said the People Democratic Party got 179,636 votes while the Labour Party garnered 5,957 votes.
According to him, the total number of registered voters was 1,766,466, accredited voters 466,294, valid votes 451,933, and void votes 8,923.
“Eleven political parties participated in this election and for the results to get to us here at the state level, it had to pass through the Polling Units, the Ward Collation Centres and the collation centre at the the Local Government Levels.
“Otu of the APC after satisfying the requirement of the law has been returned elected,” the Returning Officer said.

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